SpaceX Successfully Launches Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket

12 May, 2018, 23:08 | Author: Chad Warren

The rocket's payload, the Bangladeshi government's first communications satellite, Bangabandhu-1, was placed into Earth orbit at 4:47 p.m. EDT, just 33 minutes after launch, according to SpaceX.

The California-based aerospace company SpaceX on May 11, 2018 launched its most powerful rocket yet "Falcon 9", which is expected to carry humans to space later this year. Falcon 9 Block 5 is created to be capable of 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment as SpaceX continues to strive for rapid reusability and extremely high reliability.

Shortly before the second stage separation, the first stage executed a controlled landing back on SpaceX's drone ship in the Atlantic, the company's 25th recovered first stage. The 9 Merlin engines in the rocket's initial stage as well as the solitary "vacuum cleaner Merlin" in the 2nd phase brag concerning 8 percent and also 5 percent extra propelled, specifically, compared to their equivalents in the Falcon 9 Block 4. NASA requires seven successful flights before the new rocket receives final certification for a manned mission. This work is a key priority of SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk, who has said that such technology could slash the cost of spaceflight and make ambitious goals such as the colonization of Mars economically feasible. It's the first satellite belonging to Bangladesh. All eyes were on the spacecraft because it will be the first flight of the newest version of the Falcon 9.

SpaceX's Block 5 rocket blasted-off successfully on Friday afternoon.

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While the concept of Digital Bangladesh has been realized through the progress we have been made in the ICT sector, creating IT parks and exporting software to the rest of the globe, the launch of Bangabandhu-1 takes our presence out into space.

Experts and officials said the country's first geostationary communication satellite will firstly help expansion of internet and telecommunication services in remote and rugged areas which still remained beyond the coverage. The new version of the rocket is outfitted with upgrades created to make it more durable so it can be reused as many as 10 times, dramatically cutting the costs of space missions. He also said that he hopes to demonstrate the same rocket to be re-launched in a span of 24 hours. "There are thousands and thousands and thousands of requirements", Musk said of the rocket.

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